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I Condemn. . .But
The worst form of evil
I wrote the other day that I cannot hate Gazans. I have no regrets about saying that. Ordinary Gazans are not the people I hate the most.
Hamas are not the people I hate the most.
The supporters of Hamas who celebrate the atrocities they committed and thirst for more Jewish blood are worse than Hamas. But even they are not the people I hate the most.
The people I hate the most are those who say, “I condemn. . .but.”
You say you condemn atrocities but you will get off the train should Israel not live up to your expectations for moral conduct during war. You were never on the train.
You say “I condemn. . .but” and then play the whataboutism card. What about “open-air prison? apartheid? occupation?”
Let’s turn around this whataboutism. Did you ever use “open-air prison” to describe a country that is surrounded on all sides by enemies who periodically have launched unprovoked wars? Did you ever use “apartheid” to describe the way that Jews were treated by Arab countries before Israel became a state? Did you ever use “occupation” while making it clear to Arabs and Muslims that it only refers to land acquired in 1967? Or did you let them indulge in drawing maps without Israel, to teach Jew-hatred to their schoolchildren, to chant “from Jordan to the sea,” and to use “occupation” to refer to every square inch of land claimed by the Jewish state?
When you say “I condemn. . .but” I imagine you saying it in 1948, as Arabs launch a war of annihilation on the day that Israel declares its independence from a colonial power.
I imagine you saying it in January of 1942 as Germany conducts the Wannsee Conference, articulating the “Final Solution.”
I have a dream:
That one day the Arabs and Muslims who condemn and express shame over atrocities committed in their name will outnumber those who celebrate those atrocities and express solidarity with the perpetrators.
For now, you ask only Jews to condemn or express shame over evil they have committed. You treat Arabs and Muslims with the soft bigotry of low expectations.
And you keep repeating “I condemn. . .but.” Those are the words that disturb me the most.